Arches in Mexico

Arches in Mexico

A perfectly warm summer day, spent exploring the northern Yucatan city of Merida. Shops line a lush plaza, where the community buzzed even on this weekday afternoon.  I’ve always said how much I liked the feeling of community in other countries.

Arches Merida William WOodward

Guards in the Doorway

Guards in the Doorway

I would say that I saw the most armed law enforcement (I think most were law enforcement) personnel in Mexico.  Sub-machine gun toting officers was the norm.  If you were messing about, you had better not be getting any of their attention.

Walking around the historic district of Merida, we investigated a museum like buidling that held artwork representing different stages of the Maya empire, from their rise to greatness to their eventual demise.  This building actually became the scene for one of my first HDR photographs, a beautiful green terraced courtyard.  These guards were taking a break at the front doors.

Guards in Doorway Mexico William Woodward

Afternoon in the Market

Afternoon in the Market

Sights, sounds, smells, tastes; a little bit of everything for every sensation.  Some great, some not so good.  Honestly though, there was just about anything you could want in this place.  Thru the opening at the end of this building was another, and then there was even more after that!  I don’t really know how it all works, if people bring this stuff in and out every day, or if it is somehow stored there… Something I should have asked.  Really this could have been any year in the last 20, as I don’t think much has changed about how this market in Merida, Mexico operates.

Afternoon Market Merida William Woodward

Flowers & Feet?

Flowers & Feet?

A traditional style dress in the market in Merida, Mexico.  Odd that the choice of footwear was not a bit more formal, but alas, barefoot is quite comfortable.

Flowers & Feet Mexico William Woodward

As a side note, last week at my rugby match I broke out the camera and 55-250 zoom lens to snap a few action shots…  I walked away from my tripod (that will never happen again) only to look back less than 5 steps away to see the wind slowly taking it over!  That was definitely a slow motion – can’t move fast enough – moment.  So now my lens is at Canon, with the mounting base cracked nicely…

Photo and a Quote

Photo and a Quote

A bright and warm afternoon, exploring the history of the Maya culture in Merida thru intricate and colorful paintings (and a few English descriptions).

Photo Quote Mexico William Woodward

Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything.  Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.  – Lawrence K. Fish

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